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Advent Reflections at CCCI
(3rd Floor, 21 Ormeau Avenue, Belfast)

Wednesdays: 3rd, 10th & 17th December

This is an opportunity to reflect on and discuss the coming of Christ into the world. Come at the beginning of the day at 8.00am or at lunchtime, 1.00pm.

We will provide tea & coffee, so if you are coming at lunchtime feel free to bring your lunch.

“It is the Son, who is close to the Father’s heart, who has made him known.”

 


Elaine Storkey

Union Theological College, 108 Botanic Ave, Belfast

Tuesday, 14th October 2008, 8pm

With all the doom and gloom around global recession, where is the good news? In recent years CCCI has been involved in reflecting how our faith engages with and affects society as a whole. We are called to courageous investment in our society and this must have economic implications.
As we struggle with rising fuel prices and falling house prices, the developing world struggles with soaring food prices.
What difference does faith make to our economic decisions?

Elaine Storkey DD (Oxon), PhD, is a philosopher, sociologist and theologian, known internationally for her lecturing, writing and broadcasting. She has been Director of London Institute of Contemporary Christianity and Senior Research Fellow at Wycliffe Hall. Currently she is President of Tearfund, Chair of Fulcrum, a Church of England think-tank and is involved in monitoring aid, relief and advocacy work in countries of the Global South. Elaine has experience of wrestling with issues of faith, economics and justice.

 

This lecture is hosted by Centre for Contemporary Christianity in Ireland and Tearfund

This occasional lecture series was named in honour of Sir Fred Catherwood, an Ulsterman, and senior industrialist, adviser on industry to the British government, MEP and former vice President of the European Parliament. Among his many roles he made a significant contribution to constructive politics in Northern Ireland and acted as an interlocutor between the British government and Unionism after the Anglo Irish Agreement of 1985.
In this lecture we aim to address issues of public theology, where faith and Christian teaching impact on matters of the public square and public policy. Previous speakers have included, Sir Fred, Michael Schluter, Duncan Forester, Mark Greene, David Smith and Os Guinnes and Donald Shriver.



Saturday 3 November, 2007
Belfast Bible College, 9.30am to 4pm

DIVIDED PAST - SHARED FUTURE
Churches addressing the legacy of the troubles


In May 2007 Northern Ireland’s political leaders took major steps towards the final settlement of nearly 40 years of communal conflict. Over the coming months, the Programme for Government will give us an understanding of their policy for the future. Yet amongst the economic and social policies will there be a commitment to the vision of a shared future?

Such a vision requires an honest conversation about the nature of our diverse society and how we learn to live with our deepest differences. But can we conduct honest conversations about the future if we cannot talk about the legacy of our divided past? How can we ensure the past is not repeated as we take up the challenge of a shared future? What role do the churches have in addressing the legacy of the troubles and how can Christian faith enable and equip us to bring healing to the wounds of history?

This year our annual day conference seeks to explore some of these questions. These are questions at the heart of Christians being good news to our society at a critical moment in its struggle to be at peace.

Keynote Speaker:
Nigel Biggar, recently appointed Regius Professor of Moral and Pastoral Theology at Oxford University and editor of Burying the Past: Making Peace and Doing Justice after Civil Conflict.

Workshop speakers:
John Dunlop, retired Presbyterian Minister and President of CCCI
Geraldine Smyth, Dominican sister and Lecturer at the Irish School of Ecumenics, Trinity College, Dublin.
Kate Turner, Project Co-ordinator, Healing Through Remembering

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Christian Faith and Civic Courage
Donald Shriver
Malone House, Barnett Demesne, Belfast
Thursday, 18th October 2007, 8pm

The earliest Christians gave public witness to their faith in the risen Jesus – often at risk to their lives. Without their witness, almost everything about Jesus of Nazareth would have been lost to public knowledge. Always, in the history of culture, some people have an interest in forgetting, others an interest in remembering, a painful past. The latter are most often the folk who have suffered unjustly at the hands of the former. In the name of justice and truth, Christians and others have a responsibility to remember buried truth about historical injustice.

This lecture will illustrate the courage and persistence of individuals and groups in contemporary Germany and the United States who have uncovered the dark sides of their national pasts and have brought those pasts into widespread public acknowledgment and will ask if, in any way, they have pertinence to contemporary Ireland, both north and south.

Donald W. Shriver, Jr. is Emeritus President of the Faculty and William E. Dodge Professor of Applied Christianity at Union Theological Seminary in New York. He was ordained to the Presbyterian ministry in 1955 and his illustrious career includes: a Ph.D in Religion and Society; six honorary doctoral degrees and posts as a research professor and Professor of Ethics.
In addition to some hundred articles, he has written thirteen books. His most recent work is on human rights and national and international restorative justice. He has also written extensive analyses of national coping with “negative histories”, e.g. the Holocaust, slavery, apartheid and war crimes in Germany, South Africa, Japan and USA.

This lecture by Donald Shriver is made possible by: The UNESCO Centre, University of Ulster; NICRC; and the Understanding Conflict Trust

This occasional lecture series was named in honour of Sir Fred Catherwood, an Ulsterman, and senior industrialist, adviser on industry to the British government, MEP and former vice President of the European Parliament. Among his many roles he made a significant contribution to constructive politics in Northern Ireland and acted as an interlocutor between the British government and Unionism after the Anglo Irish Agreement of 1985.
In this lecture we aim to address issues of public theology, where faith and Christian teaching impact on matters of the public square and public policy. Previous speakers have included, Sir Fred, Michael Schluter, Duncan Forester, Mark Greene, David Smith and Os Guinnes.

   

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An event not to miss! We are pleased to announce that the Centre for Contemporary Christianity in Ireland's annual Christmas fundraising concert will this year take the theme 'A Celtic Christmas - A Celebration of Christmas music and reflections from across these islands'.

The concert will be held at St. Brigid's Church, Derryvolgie Avenue, Malone Road, Belfast on Tuesday 5th December at 7.45 and will include music from Grosvenor Chorale, traditional Celtic Christian prayers, reflections on Advent and traditional musicians from the Irish and Ulster Scots traditions.

St. Brigid's is a beautiful, modern church which has won a number of major architectural awards, the interior features liturgical elements designed by leading artists and sculptors from throughout Ireland. Parking is available at the church and there is easy access for people with disabilities.

Ticket prices are £12.00 and £6.00 for unwaged, students and senior citizens. Under 16's free. The price includes refreshments in St. Brigid's church halls after the event.

 

Marva Dawn
We have invited Dr Marva Dawn to take part in a series of events as part of our Annual Conference, during the first weekend in November

Marva is Teaching Fellow in Spiritual Theology at Regent College, Vancouver. She has taught at leadership and worship conferences throughout the world and is a respected theologian, author, musician and educator. She is a scholar with four Masters degrees and a Ph.D. in Christian Ethics and the Scriptures. Marva is also recognised and highly appreciated as a preacher and speaker for all ages. Her 2001 book entitled Powers, Weakness, and the Tabernacling of God was honoured with the 2002 Christianity Today Book Award in the category of The Church/Pastoral Leadership. She is the author of more than fifteen books.

Friday, 3 November

9.30am – 12.45pm

Belfast Bible College

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From Here to Eternity
Christian Spirituality for a Changing World

Two seminars for leaders

The aim of the event is to help leaders rethink the mission of the church in a changing world and will critique our temptation to be shaped by contemporary secular culture rather than an authentic Christianity.

Saturday, 4 November

9.15am – 4.00pm

Armagh City Hotel

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We have invited a broad range of speakers to help us consider the kind of vision, vitality, disciplines and practice the church needs in order to sustain our vocation in a changing world. In particular we welcome Dr Marva J Dawn, Fellow in Spiritual Theology at Regent College, Vancouver, who will be our keynote speaker.

Sunday, 5 November

10.00am

6.30pm

Marva Dawn will be preaching at the following church services:

Trinity Methodist Church, Knockmore Road, Lisburn

Carnmoney Presbyterian Church, Carnmoney

 

Monday, 6 November

Irish Bible Institute,
Dublin

9.30am – 3.30pm

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A Journey of Faith in a Changing Ireland
A one-day consultation for Christian leaders

The day is designed to help leaders explore the nature of change to the social and culture climate of Ireland and to consider the kind of leadership needed if the church is to engage with vision and compassion. In particular, we want to discuss how we equip both leaders and congregations for the challenges of a changing context.

Our day will be informal and interactive with opportunities to integrate the insights and experiences of participants. To provide structure and guidance for our time we have invited Dr Marva J Dawn from Regent College, Vancouver and Dr Joe McDonagh from Trinity College, Dublin. The programme below will give you a feel for the format.

The Road to Bethlehem

Residential Summer School

Listening Post
Rediscovering God, ourselves and the world

31 May - 3 June 2006
Farset International Hotel

 

The Road to Bethlehem

Singing the Lord's Song in a Strange Land

Saturday 5th November 2005

Speakers: Stuart and Sian Murray Williams

The Road to Bethlehem

The Road to Bethlehem
A Candlelit Celebration of Christmas

Friday 2nd December 2005 at 7.45pm

Howard House, 1 Brunswick Street, Belfast, BT2 7GE

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